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Javascript is Coming to Eat You: How to Survive and Thrive in the World of the JAMstack, Gatsby, and Next.js

Timeslot: 
Friday, 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Room: 
238
Track: 
Site Building
Back-end Design & Development
Front-end Design & Development
Experience Level: 
Beginner
Session Length: 
45 minutes

Drupal is a shining star in the world of content management systems, with a remarkable 20 year history and a proven ability to power some of the world’s largest brands and websites. Wordpress has enjoyed even greater success, and now powers more than 30 percent of the entire web (and also some of the world’s largest brands and websites.)

We have become, collectively, extremely great at what we do.

But the rumblings around Javascript (including React, Angular, Node, and newer projects like GatsbyJS and Next.js) are getting louder and more insistent by the day. We can ignore them, and continue to build great websites just like we always have. But you may wake up someday, probably soon, to discover that the Golden Age of the CMS as we know it is over.

Javascript is coming to eat you. Much of the world has already assimilated, with new recruits joining every day. This session will explore why this change is happening, what you can do about it, and why Drupal still matters even though you will need to expand your toolbox to survive. We will cover:

  • The real-world problems with our “traditional” methods of building websites
  • The reasons everybody is so excited about Javascript (and especially the JAMstack)
  • How it all works, and what all of these buzzwords really mean
  • Why Drupal still matters in this ecosystem (perhaps more than ever)
  • Steps you can take, today, to get you and your team started in the Brave New World.

The session will also include a live demo of Drupal and GatsbyJS working in harmony, and an extended overview of why this particular combination may be the secret weapon that will save us all.

Learning Objectives & Outcomes: 

You should come away with a solid understanding of the new Javascript paradigm, why it matters, how to get started, and why Drupal may be more important than ever.